Beeping, cursing and giving the finger are not only the right of Jersey Shore drivers, they are almost required driving tactics. They are literally and Olympic sport in the Garden State. And having said all that, I am about to tell you to think twice before the next time you beep.

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You may think giving the middle finger properly should be covered in driving school here in New Jersey, but is venting each day's inevitable driving anger through a finger on your left hand always the best approach.

I almost found out the hard way last Friday that it is absolutely the wrong way to deal with things. I know what you're about to say. We should be more patient with each other and be nicer, or as that sounds to some people blah, blah, blah.

Well, the blah, blah, blah people should know this. Last week I misfired on a beep I tried to deliver on a car that cut me off. I missed the horn and got this overwhelming feeling of unsatisfaction.

I considered giving a dirty look or making a gesture, but frankly the moment had passed. My opportunity to get some passive aggressive traffic justice had come and gone. And good thing it did.

It turns out the offending vehicle stayed in front of me for a long time. A really long time. And when that car in front of me turned onto my block, it dawned on me that if not for a misfire, I would have laid on the horn at my neighbor.

And that's the kind of thing you don't want to do if you're planning on attending the annual block party or neighborhood Secret Santa get together.

The moral of the story is you're not as anonymous as you think behind that well, and in some cases, not at all. So only go through the 5 stages of New Jersey driving anger if you are prepared to live with the consequences. By the way, if you are one of my neighbors, it's definitely not you I'm talking about.

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